Britain's economy picks up speed in second quarter, still below peak
LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain's economy sped up in the second quarter, boosted by spending by consumers and businesses, although it remains smaller than before the 2008-09 recession.
Preliminary data from the Office for National Statistics showed gross domestic product rose 0.6 per cent in the April-to-June period compared with the previous quarter, in line with forecasts.
The economy grew 0.3 per cent in the first three months of the year.
The pick-up in the British economy comes just as other countries in Europe are struggling to get out of recession.